December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
Yesterday our two new Jersey cows arrived: milk cow Claire and her few weeks old heifer calf, Lucina. The trip down from the farm near the Canadian border was hard on Claire calling for a stop at Chuckanut Animal Hospital though there was nothing wrong. Just a scare! Claire is mom's registered name and we felt in the spirit of the season we would call her daughter Lucina, another name meaning light or brightness. As you can see they are lovely esp. the calf and both are very sweet-natured.
It has been a busy week making the plum puddings for sale and for ourselves, the Christmas Linzer tortes and other goodies, and getting ready for an off-island Christmas sale, not to mention orders for hides, fleeces and herbal products. Of course our Advent Liturgy daily leads us into the fullness of the wondrous mystery to come in a few weeks. We pray that all the world may know the peace of our tiny island and rejoice in celebration!